Carlow is a charming rural county with a relaxed pace of life packed with history, culture and fun activities.

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Carlow’s location with easy access from key motorways and only an hour from Dublin makes it the ideal location for a break away. 

Family Activities 


Visit Rathwood for some shopping and family fun with its much loved Express Train, plus Maze of Ireland, Playground and Deer Park. 

The DOME Carlow

The DOME Family Entertainment Centre is Carlow's only bowling venue and located next to the Talbot Hotel Carlow. A great day out for all the family with children's play centre, Laser tag, games arcade and kids party venue. 


Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven 

Offering a complete lifestyle experience with a kitchen store, garden café, home & gift shop, furniture area, fashion department and a qualified team of plant experts all under one roof, Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven is the perfect place to shop till you drop. 

Historic Attractions

Huntington Castle

Huntington Castle is set on over 160 acres of gardens, woodland and farmland. It offers a fantastic woodland playground, as well as a charming tearoom and gift shop. The gardens are well worth a visit and were mainly laid out in the 17th century by the Esmondes who built the Castle in 1625. 

Outdoor Activities 

Altamont Gardens

Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres (16 hectares) and are often recognised as one of the most beautiful gardens on the island of Ireland.

Delta Sensory Gardens

Voted by Tripadvisor as the number one thing to do in Carlow and described as "An Oasis of Peace and Tranquility", Delta sensory gardens are set on a 2.5 acre site with 16 interconnecting gardens which have so much to offer the visitor during all 4 seasons.

Borris House and Woodlands

Borris House is the ancestral home of the MacMorrough Kavanaghs, Kings of Leinster and is one of the most scenic and historic Irish garden houses located in the stunning area of Carlow’s Barrow valley.

Food & Drink 

Visitors can soak up the atmosphere in Carlow’s popular Tullow Street with its many bars and restaurants.


Carlow’s popular Fairgreen Shopping Centre with leading high street store names such as New Look, River Island, Next, Vero Moda and JD Sports and is ideal if you are in need of a spot of retail therapy. Carlow is also home to small individual boutiques and vintage shops for those looking for something a little different.


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